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review 2017-08-23 16:05
Kind of slow getting into but I did like it.
The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds - Stephen Baxter

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.

So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.

He is right.

Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist - sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins - must survive, escape and report on the war.
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4 stars
Kind of slow to get into, at least I think so but the more I read I wanted to see what happened next even if it didn't take me a while to get into the story. But even with it been slow ,I'm surprised at how much I want to keep reading , because I had trouble getting though War of the World's, come to think of it I DNF that book and never picked it back up,but this one makes me want to.give it a second chance.With that said I would like to think Blogging For Books for giving me a chance at reading The Massacre of Mankind.

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text 2017-08-23 06:33
Reading progress update: I've read 99%.
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin













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text 2017-08-22 19:57
I Know It's Kind of Early
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 - Adam Hochschild
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 - Antony Beevor

but is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year?


I'm doing it, but I will be writing a creative non-fiction book. I spent the afternoon in a research mode black hole and have a topic and few characters to research more. My topic is Italian-Americans who fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, creating a separate civil war between Italian-Americans and Mussolini's Italian army helping the fascists. And I picked up Spain in Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild to help with research off Amazon for less than $6. I already had Antony Beevor's The Battle for Spain in my home library shelf.


Got any other recs?



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review 2017-08-21 21:22
Review of Darth Vader: Volume 3 by Kieron Gillen
Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 3: The Shu-torun War - Kieron Gillen,Leinil Francis Yu,Kaare Andrews,Salvador Larroca

My favorite entry in the Darth Vader graphic novel series.  Vader finally gets to be smarter than everyone else, and more deadly when all of the fighting starts.  I am enjoying the storyline and think there is some great material here for a movie if they ever wanted to give Vader his own film.

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text 2017-08-21 14:03
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 286 pages.
God's War - Kameron Hurley

Humans have colonized the backwater planet Umayma. For reasons that aren't clear, two main factions, Nasheen and Chenja, are at war and pretty much everyone able-bodied gets sent to the Front (except for a few specialists and other exceptions). Nasheen is run by women since men over the age of sixteen or so get sent to Front and very few make it to forty to come back. Chenja seems to keep back a few men to run things but otherwise it's pretty much the same story.


Nyx spent time at the Front and is now a bel dame, a kind of government-sanctioned bounty hunter (as opposed to a regular bounty hunter that isn't employed by the government) who hunts down deserters from the Front among others but she spends some of her time as a regular bounty hunter and gets involved in some illegal stuff that gets her sent to prison. Oh yeah, and she's supposed to cut off her target's head as proof, so I'm guessing that's what's supposed to be wrapped in the bundle she's cradling on the cover.


It's definitely gritty.

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